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Garmin Debuts Simple, Rugged, and Reliable Navigation Solution GPS 73 for Mariners

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced the GPS 73, a new low-cost marine handheld designed for mariners who want a simple, rugged, and reliable navigation solution. This easy-to-use handheld is packed with marine-specific features like man overboard (MOB), marine alarms, routing planning, and navigation. New SailAssist has also been added, offering sailing-inspired features like virtual starting line, race countdown times, distance to start line, speed history graph, and tack assist.

“The GPS 73 is an update to the existing GPS 72 series that’s proven to be a powerful, yet low-cost, solution for mariners for over a decade,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president for worldwide sales. “Now, with even more features, the GPS 73 is the perfect handheld GPS for power boats, sailboats or small watercraft that don’t have a chartplotter on board, or as an important emergency navigation backup for all vessels.”

The SailAssist features in the GPS 73 provide a competitive edge while racing. Sailors can have a perfect start by marking the starting line of a race and the predictive heading line, then use the built-in countdown timer to calculate both distance to the line and burn time, enabling the vessel to cross the line at maximum speed at the exact starting time. Once the race has begun, the GPS 73 automatically switches to tack assist mode. This gives the sailor information on whether the boat is being headed or lifted based on the optimal tack angle, which helps them to be the fist around the windward mark.

With its high-sensitivity receiver, boaters can acquire a position fix quickly and easily with the GPS 73. It marks and stores up to 1,000 waypoints and 100 tracks, which can be transferred to other devices via its fast USB interface, as well as the tried-and-true NMEA 0183. Users can also connect the GPS 73 to a computer to utilize the free Garmin HomePortTM trip planning software to plan upcoming routes, and to backup and store tracks, routes and waypoints.

Battery life has also been improved to more than 18 hours on two AA batteries (not included). Like the legacy GPS 72, the updated GPS 73 is water resistant to IPX-7 standards (submersible in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes), and best of all, the unit floats in case of an accidental dunking. The GPS 73 features a high-contrast, sunlight readable display with a built-in backlight, and is easy to read in all lighting conditions. It also features built-in celestial data, including sunrise/sunset times and a fishing and hunting almanac.

Available now, the GPS 73 has a suggested retail price of $169.99. For more information, visit

Recently, Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year and received the honor of being the most recognized company in the marine electronics field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA®). Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200 FREE, or follow us at,, or


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